Tuesday, January 29, 2008
A Simple Tip
When I have all my blocks laid out in the right place and am beginning to sew my blocks together, I put ONE pin in Row 1 at upper left corner, and point it RIGHT, indicating I will press the seams to the Right. Row Two had TWO pins in the upper left of the first block, and they point to the LEFT, indicating I will press the seams to the Left. When I pick them up and take them to the sewing machine, I stack them up, leaving the first block on the left at the top of the stack. I sew the blocks together one at a time - no chain piecing here, since each block must stay in the exact place.
This is how I ALWAYS do it, and so far, not too many errors. Sometimes I can only sew for short periods of time, and it helps to keep me straight.
There are now gizmos, tape, labels, etc. to write on, but I am trying to KISS, mostly because I frequently can't find my gizmos, and my pins are always at hand.
You probably all have your own methods, but until I learned this simple method, it was easy to get confused.